Mariners Minor League Players of the Week

This is old news but... the M's have a left-hander in Double-A San Antonio that doesn't want to let go of his Pitcher of the Week Award.

InsidethePark.com's Position Player of the Week


Marshall Hubbard, 1B - Wisconsin
Hubbard has exploded at the plate since a five-hit effort on May 17, hitting .343 since and adding a second five-hit game this past week, where he smacked two long balls. Hubbard collected 12 hits in 22 at-bats (.545) overall, smacked three homers and drove in eight runs. The 2004 8th round draft pick lived on base (reached base 16 times in 26 trips to the plate) and scored six times in six starts.

The left-handed hitting University of North Carolina product struck out just twice last week and is now hitting .329/.423/.575 with 10 home runs for the division-leading Rattlers.


Honorable Mention

Yung-Chi Chen, 2B - Wisconsin
Chen is back on track after a month-long slump that saw his batting average dip under .270. The infielder went 13-for-34 (.382) last week, driving in eight runs and scoring seven more. Chen had three 3-hit games among his seven starts.


Sebastien Boucher, OF - Wisconsin
Boucher had another strong week, going 9-for-23 (.391) with three RBI in six starts. Boucher tallied four straight two-hit games to end the week. The speedy outfielder leads the Timber Rattlers with a .338 average and is second on the club with 11 steals.

Ismael Castro, 2B - San Antonio
Castro has struggled all season, hitting in the low .200s as the 21-year-old returns from knee surgery last spring. The Colombian native went 9-for-29 (.310) with two home runs (2,3) and eight RBI. Castro is capable of raising his average, which is currently at .229, into the .270s or better by season's end and this past week could be the springboard.


InsidethePark.com's Pitcher of the Week


Bobby Livingston, LHP – San Antonio
Caution: When reading this, you may feel a little bit of deja vu. Don't worry, it only seems like you've heard this before. Ok, maybe you have. Livingston took this week's competition for the pitcher's award into his own hands by spinning eight shutout innings at the first-place Midland Rockhounds home ballpark on June 16.

The 22-year-old allowed just four hits, walked three and tied a season-best with nine strikeouts. Livingston is 6-3 on the season with a 2.59 ERA, the second best mark in the Texas League. It's safe to say that the southpaw knows how to pitch.


Honorable Mention

Jason Snyder, RHP - Wisconsin
Snyder made two starts last week, going 15 innings and picking up his eighth win while suffering his fifth loss. The 22-year-old yielded just nine hits and five runs while striking out 15 batters. Snyder is now 8-5 with a 3.53 ERA as the staff leader in Wisconsin.

Thomas Oldham, LHP - San Antonio
Oldham rebounded, twice, from a rough stretch of starts by totalling 11 innings in two outings last week. The 23-year-old allowed 11 hits and two earned runs, going five scoreless on June 18 versus Midland. Oldham struck out 14 and walked just five total batters en route to earning his fourth win and picking up a no-decision. Oldham is 4-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 14 starts for the Missions.

Notables:

  • Jon Huber went six strong innings June 15, allowing six hits and two earned runs. The right-hander struck out six and walked one, earning his fourth win of the year for Double-A San Antonio.
  • Left-hander Jason Mackintosh covered 14 innings in two starts, allowing four earned runs and striking out 10. Mackintosh is just 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA for the Inland Empire 66ers, often being the victim of very little run support.
  • Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera continues to impress in the Midwest League, displaying the plate skills of a player far more experienced. The 19-year-old went 6-for-21 (.286) but posted an impressive .429 on-base percentage. Cabrera walked five times without striking out in six games.
  • San Antonio 3B Jesus Guzman played all 17 innings of the Missions June 18 marathon versus Midland. But the 20-year-old wasn't about to go run out to third base for an 18th frame. Instead, Guzman took Rockhounds right-hander Kyle Crowell deep to left for a walk-off solo home run to hand the Missions a 2-1 victory. The four-bagger was Guzman's fourth hit of the night in eight plate appearances.


  • Jason A Churchill is the Executive Editor at InsidethePark.com and can be reached via e-mail at JasonAChurchill@InsideThePark.com

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